Jazz pianist has a real soft spot for Charlottetown

Sally Cole
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

David Braid has been visiting and performing here for two decades

David Braid has a soft spot in his heart for Charlottetown.

For two decades the multi-Juno award winning jazz pianist has visited the birthplace of Confederation on a regular basis, performing at the Steel Recital Hall and at the P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival.

"Every time I've come to Charlottetown, I've been overwhelmed by the magnificent and warm response both from the audience and the presenters who have brought me in," says Braid, during a telephone interview from Vancouver.

And over that time he's made some lasting musical connections.

"A couple of the music teachers have been very supportive of me and have always managed to get lots of their students out to the concerts to hear me. As well, their students have supported me in different projects."

So when there was an opportunity to bring his new concert program, Chauvet, to P.E.I. he jumped at the chance.

"I had to make the Island part of our national tour, to share the music and the incredible experience that I'm having with this Czech string quartet that are performing for the first time in Canada. We're really thrilled that we're coming to P.E.I.," says Braid of the special concert that will be performed at St. Paul's Church in Charlottetown in Charlottetown on March 29 at 8 p.m.

Music educator/trombonist Doug Millington is also thrilled about the performance.

"We are so lucky to have been included in this national tour of seriously talented and accomplished musicians. David Braid is an internationally acclaimed leader in merging the streams of European and jazz music. And the Epoque String Quartet is an award-wining Czech ensemble that performs in concerts and broadcasts across Europe," says Millington, artist/educator and treasurer of the TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival.

The Prague-based quartet, which consists of David Pokorný, violin, Vladimír Klánský, violin, Vladimír Kroupa, viola, and Vít Petrášek, cello, is known for mixing the old world beauty of chamber music with new world elements of jazz, funk and rock.

"They are famous in the Czech Republic. And everybody knows them, especially right now, because they are a house band for a popular TV show, the Czech equivalent to the David Letterman Show. And, when they come to P.E.I. they'll be on social media about their trip, so they'll get lots of press coverage.

"Every time I've come to Charlottetown, I've been overwhelmed by the magnificent and warm response both from the audience and the presenters " David Braid, jazz musician

"So, they'll be an influx of Czech tourists visiting P.E.I. next year," says Braid, with a laugh.

On a more serious note, retired music teacher Rowan Fitzgerald says that after listening to "Flow", the new recording written by Braid and performed by Braid and the quartet audiences are in for a rare treat.

"It is like a beam of other-worldly light, travelling directly from Braid's heart and soul to the hearts and souls of his listeners. All impediments have been removed. The performances are incredible, the recording outstanding, the music is evocative and stunning. And in the acoustic setting of St. Paul's on Tuesday night, it will be magic," says Fitzgerald, concert organizer.

Braid agrees, adding the experience of working with a string quartet has given him more colours to work with.

"My music still has the spirit of the jazz music that I've played before in Charlottetown, which people have enjoyed, but it's a new manifestation where there's more narrative, form and storytelling going on."


1 - The David Braid concert on March 29 is presented by the TD P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival.

2 - Tickets are available at the door or in advance at Long and McQuade Music, Capital Drive, Charlottetown and Kettle Black, Queen Street, Charlottetown.

3 - The concert program "Chauvet," is inspired by 32,000-year-old cave paintings recently discovered in Southern France.

4 - Braid's fusion of art music combines harmonies fundamental to European classical music and the spontaneity of American jazz.




Organizations: Toronto-Dominion Bank, Church in Charlottetown

Geographic location: Charlottetown, Czech Republic, P.E.I. St. Paul Vancouver Canada Europe Queen Street Southern France

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page